‘Climate change makes me question racing in F1’ – Sebastian Vettel speaks out on motorsport effecting the environment

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Four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel received plenty of praise for speaking out on how the ongoing climate and energy crisis in the world makes him question whether he should still be racing.

Earlier on Friday, F1 icon Sebastian Vettel grabbed headlines for comments he made about motorsport racing having an effect on climate change. The German also responded categorically to being called ‘hypocrite’ for caring about climate change despite being a Formula 1 driver.

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Vettel, who has taken part in 283 races across his F1 career, highlighted how he asks himself every day about his choice of work. The Aston Martin star also added that he tries his best to save up on energy and avoid harming the environment when not racing in Formula 1.

Sebastian Vettel outlines why he races in F1 despite caring about the environment

While speaking on BBC Question Time, Vettel discussed a number of current political and global issues, placing a heavy emphasis on the energy crisis. The 34-year old said that he kept question his job about racing in F1 but admitted that it still gives him an adrenaline rush and he remains passionate about racing. Vettel also touched upon the entertainment factor the sport brings to viewers.

When the host asked the driver if racing in F1 made him a hypocrite when it came to highlighting the need to save energy, Vettel replied: “It does, and you’re right when you laugh, because there are questions that I ask myself every day. I’m not a saint. I’m very concerned when it comes to the future, so these topics when it comes to energy, energy dependence and where we’re going in the future.”

Vettel continued, “There are certain things that are in my control, and certain things are not. It’s my passion to drive a car, and I love it. And every time I step in the car, I love it. When I get out of the car, of course I’m thinking as well, is this something we should do? Travel the world, wasting resources? There’s a lot of questions that I ask myself,” Vettel said. “There’s a lot of things that I do because I feel I can do them better. Do I need to take a plane every time? No, not when I can take the car. There’s certain things in my control and certain things outside my control.”

The German was praised for his response by fans on social media. Some even called for Vettel as the next prime minister.

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